The COVID-19 Legal Advice Hotline
9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Iowans who are experiencing legal problems due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 public health crisis now have an easy way to get free legal advice.
The COVID-19 Legal Advice Hotline is a project of Iowa Legal Aid, The Iowa State Bar Association, and the Polk County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project. This Hotline is a free service available to Iowans who are experiencing legal issues due to the public health crisis. Hosted by Iowa Legal Aid, working closely with The Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project, this Hotline aims to give all Iowans access to the key legal information and advice they need during this crisis.
Iowans experiencing any type of legal problem related to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, such as eviction, unemployment benefits denial, employment issues, or identity theft, can call the Hotline.
This is a call-back hotline. After calling 1-800-332-0419, callers will be connected to the Hotline voicemail. Callers should leave their name, phone number, brief description of their legal problem, and whether the issue is urgent. Callers will receive a call back from experienced Iowa Legal Aid staff to go through a screening. Callers who meet Iowa Legal Aid’s guidelines will be connected with an Iowa Legal Aid attorney; those who are outside of Iowa Legal Aid’s guidelines will be connected with a volunteer attorney through The Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Return calls from the volunteer attorneys may take a few days and will likely come from a blocked number. The volunteer attorney will provide free legal advice. The caller is under no obligation to hire the volunteer attorney for further representation. Iowa Legal Aid, The Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Bar Association do not endorse any specific attorneys.
If you are a lawyer interested in volunteering your valuable time and expertise to provide legal help during this crucial time, please contact Virginia Sipes with The Iowa State Bar Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.